BE AS SMOOTH AS VELVET
Have you always thought velvet is too glitzy for you? Too Liberace-esque and so best left in the closet? Think again because this suave and swanky fabric is too good to keep under lock and key. But to look good in velvet means wearing it right. Here’s how to look super sharp in this most luxurious of fabrics.
CHOOSE REAL VELVET
Velvet only looks classy if it’s good quality. Avoid velvet made from synthetic fabrics, such as those produced in polyester and nylon. They not only look cheap, they don’t wear well either. Real velvet, woven from silk or cotton, is the only choice for gents with style. It oozes quality and authenticity and as long as you look after it, it will keep you looking great for years. MAI ATAFO
Velvet looks best when you choose one smart, tailored piece worn with contrasting fabrics. For a dressed down look, pair your jacket with a plain t-shirt, simple silk scarf, dark trousers and a pair of Chelsea boots. J PHANTOM
The golden rule for wearing velvet trousers is to go for a slim, straight-leg cut. Colour-wise, black velvet will always be the classic choice, but it’s worth considering other colours too. The best bet is to keep them dark and plain. NOBLE IGWE
If you’re not ready to go for a velvet jacket or pants, consider some well chosen velvet accessories instead. A stylish velvet bow tie, pocket square or waist coat or a gray pair of shoes is a great way to liven up an outfit. BANKY W & LOLU AROKODARE